Feb. 27 Notebook for U.S. Women's Open Tryouts

Feb. 27, 2011, 5:21 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

Record Participants Set Bar High at Tryouts

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 27, 2011) – USA Volleyball had a record 204 athletes participate in open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team, U.S. Women’s National A2 Program and U.S. Women’s Junior National Team in sessions held Feb. 25-27 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Despite the record shattering tryout participants – previous record was 174 athletes taking part in the 2010 tryouts – the level of play on the court did not suffer.

“I thought this was by far the best Open Tryouts we have ever had for the U.S. Women’s National Team pipeline program,” USA Volleyball Managing Director of High Performance Tom Pingel said. “It was the best overall in regards to the technical level of the players and the depth on the court.”

The U.S. Women’s National Team coaching staff – including head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) and assistant coaches Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) and Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.) – led the evaluation oversight process. According to McCutcheon, the tryouts this weekend were a success.

“Overall, I am very happy with the tryouts this weekend,” McCutcheon said. “We had a great group of athletes on the court, and our court coaches and stat crew did well in evaluating the talent. This was a good opportunity for the players to show what they could do.”

For the complete press release, visit usavolleyball.org/news/article/41146.

Becky Murdy
Media Relations and Publications Assistant
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: becky.murdy@usav.org

Lopez Not Looking for Idol, Enjoying Experience

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 27, 2011) - Jennifer Lopez (Glyndon, Minn.) was not a judge this weekend, but an athlete performing at the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Open Tryouts hoping to gain experience and showcase her talents.

The 5-10 setter from North Dakota State University (NDSU) made her first appearance at the tryouts, but didn’t lack experience on the court at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“Being my first time trying out, I didn’t really know what to expect,” Lopez said. “This weekend has been a great experience. It was great to meet all the girls and find out what schools they played for. More than anything though, it was just fun.”

For the complete feature story, visit usavolleyball.org/news/article/41145.

U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout Photo Galleries on Feb. 27
Gallery 7 - Feb. 27 9:30-11 a.m. Tryout Wave
Gallery 6 - Feb. 27 8-9:30 a.m. Tryout Wave

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